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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Wheat Board wisdom from Manitoba farmer in New York Times

Jim Pallister, member of the advisory panel of Calgary-based private equity agriculture firm Agcapita Farmland Investment Partnership, was interviewed by the New York Times about his views on the government monopoly on marketing western Canadian wheat. Here’s what he had to say:

"The proof of the state monopoly's inefficiency”, said Jim Pallister, a farmer opponent, “is that American farmers rarely try to send their wheat north to get Canadian prices. You don't see people in Florida trying to take a rowboat to Havana”.   The majority of western farmers appear to be in favor of the Wheat Board's abolition and political pressure is building to remove its regulatory monopoly.  Jim Pallister is a high profile figure in the farming community and an articulate critic of the Wheat Board's monopoly position in the market.

Pallister is a Manitoba farmer and brother to Conservative MP Brian Pallister, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and to the Minister of International Cooperation.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on September 27, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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"The proof of the state monopoly's inefficiency”, said Jim Pallister, a farmer opponent, “is that American farmers rarely try to send their wheat north to get Canadian prices.
Posted by Matthew Johnston on September 27, 2008

And why should they. They are getting subsidized to grow wheat, and in many cases the US government is subsidizing overseas customers to buy it.

I have no problem getting rid of the CWB. If the prices drops and farmers start losing money thats tough. Don't come running to the government for a bailout.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-09-27 7:17:52 PM


Matthew, I have to agree with Stig on this. I remain opposed to the CWB just as to the milk, egg and all the other marketing boards, but the Americans are far far from being a shinning lights when it comes to practising free trade (no government meddling or subsidies) in agriculture. They just do it differently, so it is not as obvious.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-09-27 9:02:11 PM



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